Planning…

by Cate on August 13, 2006

Having a small get-together tomorrow night and still menu-planning. I think I’ve decided on Tortellini Kabobs, Smoked Salmon Pizza, Basil-Pesto Focaccia Sandwiches, Honey-Mustard Chicken Salad and Nantucket Lemonade. Two new recipes, and a few tried-and-trues. All are super simple, and most importantly, keep the kitchen cool. But what to serve for dessert? I was thinking about Donna Hay’s Self-Frosting Nutella Cupcakes, but not completely sure. Any suggestions? Looking for some delicious, but simple. If I use your suggestion, there’s a Cooks Illustrated 2002 Annual up for grabs (has all the recipes/articles from all their magazine issues that year). Until tomorrow …

A year ago today … sweets, my sweetie and Oprah.

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Claire August 13, 2006 at 2:57 am

Wow! I have so many simple suggestions. One that is no bake is a white chocolate banana cream pie. Just take a premade chocolate graham crust, put a cut up banana in the bottom and sprinkle toffee pieces on top. Make white chocolate pudding (instant) with 1 cup milk. Fold in 1 cup cool whip. Spread on top of bananas. Top will the remaining cool whip (if making ahead of time refrigerate here) and top the entire pie with toffee pieces and chocolate curls before you serve! It’s a yummy summer dessert.

Another easy cake recipe is a butter pecan cake made to directions with coconut pecan icing stirred in. It’s really good but I think kind of autumny. Hope the party is a success. My friends and I are having a “catching-up party” of sorts tomorrow and will make dinner together. That should be fun.

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Alicat August 13, 2006 at 3:03 am
sam August 13, 2006 at 3:12 pm

Hey Cate

I have to say I have been having so much success with almond cookies, ever one loves them and they couldn’t be easier.

My recent amaretti cookies are good but getting the pearl sugar at this late stage might be difficult unless you live next door to Ikea where they are rumoured to stock it. Rolling in regular granular sugar works too. Recipe here

Another almond cookie that people really love and is so simple, is this one. Here is the postI made of them with some pictures so you can see how they look.

The great thing about these recipes is they take less than half an hour and produce large volumes of cookies fast.

good luck with your soiree

sam

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LizzyAnne August 13, 2006 at 4:05 pm

This is a great summer dish and easy, easy easy. Great for a summer get together. Whenever I take it anywhere it disappears quickly and is my number one requested dish.

Best Ever Banana Pudding

The pudding is a box of vanilla pudding prepared, 8 oz cream cheese softened, 1 can sweet condenesed milk, half a thing of cool whip. Layer wafers, bananas, and pudding several times in a trifle dish. Top with Cool whip and adorn with Vanilla wafers around the entire dessert and two propped in the center as well as crumbs on top. SO CREAMY AND SIMPLE! Great dessert! Enjoy!

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Nicole August 13, 2006 at 10:19 pm

My suggestion is delicious, simple and will be a surprise for your guests. An avocado pie. I recently posted a family recipe here.

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